FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Thursday, 29th November 2018
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

The Garden Route has enjoyed some nice rain the last 2 weeks with the result that the influx of fresh water in the estuaries caused fish to go on a feeding frenzy.

The Goukamma also opened up well and the banks for wading were exposed, so grunter can be targeted. Fish seem to be feeding on the pushing tide closer to the mouth but be careful of the current. 

 Before the last heavy rains the Sedgefield mouth of Swartvlei was also opened and that is very welcome as the system was in need of a good flush. With the mouth now open this should produce some fine catches of leervis and a lot of the fishable sand bank will now be accessible to target grunter. Kob in that system can be targeted in the deeper holes.

In the Keurbooms, Josh van Niekerk managed to land a grunter on a floating prawn imitation. A few garrick also fell to the fly in the Plettenberg area.

Natures Valley also delivered a few garrick of nice sizes and the grunter were visible in the shallows. This is a nice estuary to fish, but the wind can be a bother at times

Knysna has a huge number of juvenile garrick at the moment and the fly caster will be into a nice fight on lighter tackle. Mullet are about in numbers and could keep a guy busy for a while if he decides to target these guys. Using chumming to create a feeding frenzy helps a lot when casting to the feeding mouths.

Wishing everyone safe travels to their holiday destinations, a merry Christmas and tight lines.


A mullet from the Keurbooms